I've joined today, having been recently diagosed with limited cutaneous systemic scleroderma with secondary Raynaud's. I also have automimmune underactive thyroid. I've had Raynaud's symptoms for as long as I can remember but only went to the general practitioner at the end of last year as I had been struggling with my job as a medical secretary. The general practitioner did various blood tests, upped my thyroid medication, because my thyroid was out of control and referred me to a rheumatologist because my blood results were abnormal and he wasn't sure what the results meant. I first saw the rheumatologist in April and had a follow up appointment last week. The x-rays and blood tests done at the first appointment revealed nothing serious but last week the diagnosis was confirmed. The rheumatologist does not think I have active scleroderma at the moment but I have an echocardiagram and respiratory function tests booked for the end of this month as a baseline, and will be monitored annually.
I've found silver gloves helpful for the Raynaud's and have eye drops for dry eyes, which the rheumatologist said was part of the scleroderma.
I'm looking forward to learning and sharing on this site.